Islamabad wants cordial ties with Kabul for peace in region: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam on Thursday said that Pakistan wants healthy and cordial relations with Kabul for peace and stability in the region.

In her weekly briefing, she said recent visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan was in real terms a highly successful one.

The FO Spokesperson said under signing of agreed minutes of meetings, forty-two important decisions related to economy, trade, connectivity and people-to-people contacts were made between the two countries.

She said Pakistan is carrying out several projects regarding Afghanistan’s development. She termed the visit of Afghan president as not just symbolically, but in substance success.

To a query regarding Pakistan and Russia relations, the Spokesperson said Pakistan considers Russia as an important global player, which can play a crucial role in the regional stability and development.

She said ‘our ties with Moscow are moving in upward trajectory’. She said Islamabad seeks Moscow’s cooperation for the social and economic development. She said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is currently in Islamabad on an official visit.

On Kashmir issue, the spokesperson said Jammu and Kashmir is an established conflict and the UN Security Council provides platform to discuss the conflicts. She said Pakistan urged UN Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan to play an effective role regarding ceasefire violations.

She said Pakistan is a victim of terrorism where around 55,000 people sacrificed their lives. She said our armed forces have taken a robust action against terrorists without any distinction or discrimination.

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